With the housing market being very rocky, especially due to all that’s gone on, many of us are choosing to stay put in our own homes and do the necessary changes to make it suitable. There’s no reason you can’t make your home feel like a completely different place – yes you’ve guessed it, a renovation!
Adding extra square footage to your home can be very expensive and sometimes you wish you’d just moved instead! However reinventing your existing space in your home is the perfect way to save money. Change your dusty old attic into a fabulous guest room, your basement into a snazzy air bed and breakfast or the garage into extra living space – be clever with the space you have. Basements can also work well as play or games rooms, as well as the attic being perfect for a creative studio.
Refresh Your Bathroom
If your home has just one bathroom, you can increase the value of your home hugely by installing another another bathroom. The best way to do this is to look for extra storage cupboards, like under the stairs. You could also spend the money revamping your current bathroom! An old fashioned, tired bathroom is something that’s very hard to look past, maybe because replacing sinks and showers is much more expensive than just changing the furniture. One way of adding value is making sure you include a bath, this is a huge selling point especially with young families.
With many of us growing more and more concerned about our carbon footprint and always looking for ways to save money, our heating bills are a good place to start. Old, draughty single pane windows are a massive turn off, as well as looking outdated! The same works for insulation, with old doors letting in the cold much more than modern ones. But perhaps the best thing to consider of all is under-floor heating. Although it is expensive and disruptive to install, it can end up saving you a lot of money in the long run and will really wow perspective buyers.
These are boring and sometimes tiresome but they simply need to be done to prevent your house from falling apart! Keep the paint topped up and fresh, make sure the roof is fixed to prevent any leaks, keep your gutter clear of debris, tackle and mould or rot and fix holes in the wall. The last thing you want to be doing is to splashing out on a flashy new kitchen to then find there’s rotting timber beneath the surface.
Prioritise the Kitchen
Its no secret that the kitchen is at the heart of the home and because of this its the most important room to keep updated! We’re going to jump on the band wagon and tell you to rip out your kitchen in favour of the beautifully modern open-plan room. We’d say if you only have the budget to update one room – make it the kitchen. However, there’s a fine line between making your kitchen adhere to your tastes and not going too overboard. Less is more with the kitchen, don’t fill every corner with decoration, keep things stylishly minimalistic – things are likely to get dumped there anyway!
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